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Definition of total noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

total

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈtəʊtl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtoʊtl//
 
Cost and payment
 
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the amount you get when you add several numbers or amounts together; the final number of people or things when they have all been counted You got 47 points on the written examination and 18 on the oral, making a total of 65. His businesses are worth a combined total of $3 billion. Out of a total of 15 games, they only won 2. The repairs came to over £500 in total (= including everything). see also grand total, running total, sum total See related entries: Cost and payment Word Origin late Middle English: via Old French from medieval Latin totalis, from totum ‘the whole’, neuter of Latin totus ‘whole, entire’. The verb, at first in the sense ‘add up’, dates from the late 16th cent.Extra examples 180 vehicles out of a total of 900 examined were not roadworthy. A donation of $250 has been received, bringing the total to $3 750. Britain’s jobless total rose by 20 000 last month. He won a career total of 19 gold medals. His two goals give him a grand total of 32 for the season. In total, they spent 420 hours on the project. Players keep a running total of the score. The Greens achieved a total of 18 seats. The sum total of my knowledge is not impressive. Their earnings were €250, €300 and €420, giving a total of €970. We had an early vote total of about 1.7 million people. a record total of victories I try to keep a running total of how much I’m spending. That makes a grand total of 220 dollars. The repairs come to over £500 in total. You got 47 points in the last game and 18 in this one, making a total of 65.
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